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Dem Agog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 06:38 PM
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So Umm... About the skills draft... What exemptions are possible?
I read a document posted long ago saying that the Pentagon was considering a skills draft. This of course was squelched until after the election. The skills draft would take people in the medical field, translators, technology, etc. up to 35, according to this document.

Some questions, if anyone has any knowledge about this... Where would these people "serve"? Would the technology folks likely go overseas or serve at home?

Secondly, would medical exemptions (such as arthritis) come into play here, do you think? I have exceptionally terrible knees and would never make it into the standard military today for that reason, but I don't know about a "skills based" draft.

I'm 33 and a network engineer/project manager. Conceivably my skills would be required - I already have friends who have volunteered to go do the same work I have done before in Iraq as contractors. (They were single & unemployed and could not resist the insane yearly pay.)

I do not want to serve THIS country in its unjust murder of people in the middle east. I'd find any way out of it I could, and I'm looking for possible ideas because I feel a draft a comin'...
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TwentyFive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 06:41 PM
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1. I'd consult a lawyer...you've already registered for the draft, so...
Edited on Sun Nov-14-04 06:41 PM by TwentyFive
...you may get a phone call or questionaire in the mail.
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Dem Agog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 06:44 PM
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3. How have I registered?
As a female, and at 33, I never had to register when I turned 18. So technically I'm not already registered.

Is that what you're thinking of?
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da_chimperor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 06:43 PM
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2. Claim you don't know a router from a rutabaga. That may work.
I'm planning on outright refusal to cooperate if they draft my ass. I'll gladly spend some time in the pokey rather than participate in a war.
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ElsewheresDaughter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 06:45 PM
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4. 3 exemptions 1 asthma, 2 homosexuality, 3 taken Ritalin afte the age 12
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Dem Agog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 06:47 PM
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6. Oooh what about other antidepressants or therapy?
I have allergies but no diagnosed asthma. I'm married to someone of the opposite sex so I can't claim homosexuality. Making babies to avoid the draft ain't gonna happen. But this Ritalin thing, I've taken Wellbutrin for depression/Adult ADD. Wonder if that would work.
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hadrons Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 06:46 PM
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5. the ability to raise large sums of $$$ to the GOP will get U an exemption
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 06:49 PM
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7. The "skills draft" is such a crock of shit
My sister in law is in the navy. She was in the Army reserve until a short time ago but switched branches for reasons involving military beaurocracy I don't pretend to understand. She's also a registered nurse. She used to be a medic of some sort but for some dumbass reason she couldn't advance anymore in that MOS so now she has a non-medical job. So the military has a nurse with up-to-the-minute skills (her real-life job is in the NICU of a big regional hospital, she used to work in cardiac care in anopther hospital and has also worked in the burn unit) but instead they have her doing a non-medical job. Yet they need medical skills so badly they may draft for them.

Does this make a damned bit of sense to anyone?
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Ducks In A Row Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 06:49 PM
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8. Tell them you are gay. I'm sure you can get a photo of you...
at your local gay hangout.

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tedoll78 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 07:08 PM
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9. I have a few strikes:
1) gay
2) chronic bronchitis
3) cancer patient

I'm not sure if #3 would help. It was testicular, it was in 1999, and I've been all-clear for five years now (i.e., "cured"). Still, they'll be after me for my medical skills, and I'll be playing-up The Cancer Card when they come for me.
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 07:08 PM
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10. I weave baskets out of hemp.
I think I'll be okay ;-)
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Turbineguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 07:09 PM
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11. Find out what Bush's skills are
and say you have those.
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Touchdown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 07:11 PM
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12. If you previusly served your 8 years.
...in the military then you're done...I think. Everything could be different now, under *.

I served and finished up, so I think that's it. If it's not, then this time I don't care if they ask, because I WILL tell! I will also not shy away from looking at as many weenies in the shower that I did when I was 19-22. I don't care who I embarass.
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htuttle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 07:13 PM
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13. Ask them if you can outsource your military service
Perhaps you can hire someone from India to go to Iraq in your place?

:crazy:

It Just. Might. Work.
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